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Poster: not_a_typical_daydream Date: Nov 1, 2006 8:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: A Question of Books...

I was wondering about books on the Dead, any good ones out there that I should pick up? I know I am pretty unknowledgable on the subject, but it's not my fault, I was listening to Oprah's grate pick of 9/28/72 this morning and I was only 2 when it was recorded. Any help with reading material would be appreciated. Hang loose.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 2, 2006 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

Certainly Dennis McNally's is the best history, and very very readable; but Phil's book is much more personal and so alive in a way that McNally's simply couldn't be. There are two others I enjoyed a great deal and would highly recommend.

Carol Brightman's Sweet Chaos: The Grateful Dead's American Adventure. She's the sister of the woman who ran the light shows for many years, and had inside access to most of the band and crew. Like many peple, she experienced the 60s as a tension between the political radicals and the hippies (Berkeley and the Haight, in shorthand) and set out to explain why after 30 years the Dead were the most successful band in America and the political radicals like herself had become largely irrelevant. This book contains the only substantial interviews with Mountain Girl that I've come across. Here's its massive Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Chaos-Grateful-American-Adventure/dp/0671011170/sr=1-1/qid=1162502878/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-5173303-9402500?ie=UTF8&s=books

The second book is a compilation of interviews done immediately after Jerry's death called Dark Star: Aan Oral Biography of Jerry Garcia. Journalist Robert Greenfield was on the spot throughout the sixties and seventies, and after Jerry's death many family members, crew and others close to the band talked with him about Jerry's life. He then arranged all their memories in chronological order. Band members generally did not talk to him, though Jerry's brother, MG, and many others did. Here's its URL at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Star-Biography-Jerry-Garcia/dp/0688147828/sr=1-1/qid=1162503213/ref=sr_1_1/102-5173303-9402500?ie=UTF8&s=books

Both are excellent, though Brightman is more academic in its tone and Greenfield is simply more fun.


- Michael in the Midwest

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Poster: not_a_typical_daydream Date: Nov 2, 2006 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

Thanks for the info and the links, I will check into those for sure. Hang loose.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Nov 1, 2006 8:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

Phil's book is pretty good as is McNally's - two of the best in my humble opinion. Certainly interesting to read about Phil and his days/experiences/life philosophies with the dead.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 2, 2006 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

the deadheads taping compendium vol. 1-3 & addendum.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Nov 2, 2006 4:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

"Electric Kool Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe is worth a read for the background and origins of the Dead

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 2, 2006 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

Garcia, An American Life by Blair jackson was very interesting.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 4, 2006 1:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

another solid resource is oliver tager's 'the american book of the dead'. page 28 has a backstage photo of a bearded bobby taken on 12-31-76.



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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Nov 1, 2006 8:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

Pick up a copy of DeadBase. All the set lists in the world and a ton of really cool stuff. I refer to this book almost every day....

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Nov 1, 2006 9:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A Question of Books...

DeadBase is also on line; but the printed book is easier to read. I find the DeadLists Project, or the Jerry Site much easier to use, when looking for a setlist in a hurry.

Don't forget the David Gans and Blair Jackson books...

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